Conspiracy of the Successful:
Is It A Conspiracy?
Is there a conspiracy by the successful to keep the knowledge of how to do it from the rest of us?
At first look, it would seem so. The bookstores are full of "advice" from these people… and yet, for all
the books sold, there isn't a corresponding increase in successful people. (It doesn't matter whether we are
talking about business/financial success, relationship success, parenting success, career success, or whatever
other category is of primary importance to you.)
The only thing that seems to happen is that these people get a little bit richer (or a lot richer if the book is
It would be easy to come to the conclusion that these people are just using another tactic to take advantage of
us to their own additional benefit.
The problem is, it isn't so... at least for most of them. Most of them really do have a heart for others
and really are telling you what they *think* they did to achieve their success. And there is
one of the problems.
Most of the people who "made it" think they know why and how they did it. The trouble is… they really
don't. That's why you buy their books filled with their story and with their advice… but when you follow it,
it doesn't work for you.
You follow their advice, you work hard, but you don't get the results they do/did.
It's not because they lied to you. They aren't conspiring to hold you back. They told you what they
think they did and what they think caused their success. But they told you wrong.
They just don't know what the success factor is that worked so well for them.
...Partly because there is no success factor (singular). There are success factors (plural). And
only some of them are crucial in any given situation (or person's life).
Hence, they can't tell you what "it" is.
You follow their advice... but you don't get the results they
The Gallup Corporation (yes, the survey people) did a series of studies (costing big bucks paid by major
corporations) to determine what separated the average (or worse) from the best. Their findings surprised
The average (or even the not-so-good) were doing the same things as the best did 98% of time. That 2%
difference was what made the best... the best.
And when they asked those who were the best what made them the best... guess what they answered? Things
from the 98% that the others (not-so-best) were doing, also.
In other words, they, themselves couldn't tell you what the "success factor" was for them. It took outside
observers studying the best and the not-so-best to identify and eliminate the extraneous factors.
Try this. Take a moment and write down the steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I'll
How many steps did it take? Please turn the